April 11, 2014
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University men's lacrosse team (4-7, 1-3 BIG EAST) will travel to Ridley High School in Folsom, Pa. to take on No. 19/20 Lehigh (9-4, 5-2 Patriot League) for the Relentless Cup on Saturday evening. This will be the fifth meeting between the two programs, with the all-time series tied at two games apiece. The opening face-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.
Saturday's matchup between the Hoyas and the Mountain Hawks will be for the Second Annual Relentless Cup to benefit the HEADstrong Foundation. The HEADstrong Foundation is committed to being a resource for blood cancer patients and their families, lending guidance and providing essential services with an emphasis on sustaining and improving quality of life. The organization was founded for Nicholas Colleluori, who played collegiate lacrosse at Hofstra University.
The game will be broadcast free at: http://www.livestream.com/accesslacrosse. Fans can also find updates by following the Hoyas' official twitter feed @HoyasMLacrosse.
The Hoyas defeated BIG EAST opponent Providence, 10-8, on Saturday to snap a four-game losing streak and pick up its first conference win. Graduate student Tyler Knarr (Eagleville, Pa./LaSalle College) won 16-of-20 face-offs and picked up 10 ground balls, while freshman midfielder Peter Conley (Larchmont, N.Y./Mamaroneck) had three goals and one assist. Senior midfielder Grant Fisher (Bloomfield Hills, Mich./Brother Rice) finished with two goals and one assist in the victory.
KNARR CONTINUING RECORD-BREAKING SEASON...
Early in the third quarter against Providence, Knarr broke his own single-season ground ball record from last season. His 118 ground balls (10.73/game) leads the BIG EAST and the nation, while his 273 career ground balls places second in program history and is tied for ninth among active players. Knarr also passed Brian Tabb (C'12) for second place in Georgetown history in face-off wins on Saturday. He has been among the nation's best at the "X" during the last two seasons, currently placing second in the BIG EAST and seventh in the nation with a .638 face-off win percentage (157-for-246). He is eighth among active players in career face-off win percentage (.605). He was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll
HOYAS IN "CUP" GAMES...
The Hoyas will play for the Relentless Cup on Saturday against Lehigh. During Head Coach Kevin Warne's two seasons on the Hilltop, the Hoyas are 4-0 in "Cup" games. GU has defeated Navy in consecutive seasons for the Boyle Cup. The Hoyas defeated Dartmouth in 2013 for the Patriot Cup and also beat St. John's at the Battle at Bethpage last season for the Supervisor's Cup.
Conley has made an instant impact in his first season on the Hilltop, leading Georgetown with 32 points (21 goals, 11 assists), while splitting time between attack and midfield. Junior attack Bo Stafford (Greenwich, Conn./Brunswick) is second on the team with 25 points, including a team-leading 15 assists. Junior attack Reilly O'Connor (Brooklin, Ontario/The Hill Academy) has 13 goals and 10 assists through 11 games this season.
DEFENSIVE GAINING ON THE JOB EXPERIENCE...
Head Coach Kevin Warne knew the Hoyas defensive unit would lack experience after graduating three starters from 2013. The Hoyas have mixed up its starting unit throughout the season, with five different players, including three freshmen earning time in the starting lineup. Senior John Urbank (Mineola, N.Y./Chaminade), a preseason All-BIG EAST selection, has led the team with 18 caused turnovers to go with 19 ground balls and one goal. Junior Bryson Greene (Towson, Md./McDonogh) is second on the team with 13 caused turnovers and third with 23 ground balls. Freshmen Ed Blatz Jr (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City), Charlie Ford (San Carlos, Calif./St. Ignatius) and Michael Mayer (Baltimore, Md./St. Paul's) have also earned time in the starting lineup.
ABOUT LEHIGH...The Mountain Hawks are coming off a, 10-9, double overtime loss to No. 15 Princeton in a game featured on ESPNU on Tuesday evening. Dan Taylor scored five goals for Lehigh, while goalie Matt Poillon had 13 saves in a losing effort...Lehigh has been among the nation's top defensive teams this season, placing second in NCAA Division I in scoring defense (6.50) behind Army. They are also fifth in the nation, causing 9.92 turnovers per game, while sophomore defender Tripp Telesco is tied for sixth in the nation in caused turnovers per game (2.33)...This will be the first time GU and Lehigh will meet in men's lacrosse since 1998.